Rep. John Murtha Of Pennsylvania Dies At 77

A spokesman says Democratic Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, a retired Marine Corps officer who became an outspoken critic of the Iraq war, has died. He was 77.

He had been suffering complications from gallbladder surgery.

In 1974, Murtha became the first combat veteran of the Vietnam War elected to Congress. He wielded considerable clout for two decades as a leader of the House subcommittee that oversees Pentagon spending. But frustration over the Iraq war led him to call for an immediate pullout of U.S. troops in 2005.

Murtha's congressional career was clouded by questions about his ethics -- from the Abscam corruption probe in 1980 to more recent investigations into the special-interest spending known as earmarks and the raising of cash for election campaigns.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 10, 2010 at 06:35 PM
    "Anonymous military dud", I am a former member of the military! I witnessed the military bring a retired E-9 back on active duty over 10 years after he had retired in order to take military justice action against him for a crime he committed over 8 years after he had retired. They stripped him of his retired rank, pension and his honorable discharge status. They would have imprisoned him if the civilian courts hadn't done so. You need to study up on military and constitutional justice young dud. This retired E-9s crimes were not as serious as Mertha's. Mertha committed crimes against the United States that endangered national security. Like I said, in another era, he would have known better and if not, there would have been someone with the guts to put him in the prison cell he so richly deserved. And "Anonymous", obuma is slicker, but just as subversive and more dangerous because of position. We are living in sad and perilous times.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:02 PM
    Posted by: Neo "His actions and statements against his country, our people, our constitution and our culture since he has been a subversive agent in congress nullify his right to the privilege" Does this go for Obama too?
  • by Anonymous military dude on Feb 9, 2010 at 12:01 PM
    He still served his country honorably and retired from the military. I'm sure Clinto will get his spot in Arlington when his time comes (draft dodger, adultry in the White House, dope smoker) I do not care for his actions on the Haditha case or what he did over the past few years but that should not take away from his military service awards include Bronze Star with Valor device, two Purple Hearts, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and Navy Distinguished Service Medal. I have much respect for those who serveed in Vietnam, they were not welcomed home from combat the way servicemen are welcomed home these days, they did not have the support, medical care or psyciatric care needed. This just my opinion though, I guess it takes being a member of the military to appreciate those who have gone before us and paved the way for the rest of us to follow.
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 9, 2010 at 11:12 AM
    "anonymous military dud", no he doesn't. His actions and statements against his country, our people, our constitution and our culture since he has been a subversive agent in congress nullify his right to the privilege. Would we do the same for Benedict Arnold? Both were turncoats. In a past era, he would have been imprisoned for sedition. Some changes are not good.
  • by Anonymous military dude on Feb 9, 2010 at 06:40 AM
    This man is a retired Marine Corps officer, served in Vietnem in combat. He deserves full military honors and to be laid to rest in Arlington. Politics aside, he served his country and deserves the respect. (even though he was a Democrat)
  • by marine mom Location: washington on Feb 9, 2010 at 05:31 AM
    Although i hate to hear about people losing family members, i am glad for our country, we have another chance to get a Republican seat there and maybe turn our country back to the GREAT nation it has always been....
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 9, 2010 at 02:05 AM
    As will we ALL lavon. When I go, I will go out loyal to my God, my country and my people. I will continue to be dedicated to freedom and to the constitution of the United States. I will always fight socialism, fascism, communism and it's covert operators like murtha and obuma. In the end, we win, the Bible says so. Let Freedom Reign, lavon! If you want to give these left wing subversives your freedom, you are silly, but go ahead. When you demand that I give mine, it's the end of the line. If you are naive enough to think they will take you into the inner circle of powerful leftest elites that they think are meant to run the world, you will be sadly awakened. You aren't that well connected.
  • by Proud American on Feb 8, 2010 at 09:28 PM
    Do not bury him in Arlington.. This space is reserved for the heroes that served this nation with pride. Not an IDIOT who thought the people who elected him were a bunch of rednecks. It is people like him that have put this country in the economic state that it is in today. My father, brother, uncles and so on served this country with pride, it was men like them that made this country great. Not a crooked politican with his own agenda of lining his own pockets.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Feb 8, 2010 at 08:10 PM
    Rest in peace John Murtha. Be careful what you say about his death because you too will meet the same fate..If I were you I would prepare..
  • by Neo Location: Reality on Feb 8, 2010 at 05:11 PM
    Thanks for the advice Anonymous of 7:44pm, but in this case everything worked out for the good of the country, respected or unrespected, botched or proper. There is your second opinion, now run with it.
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